Rubberatkins Reveals Latest AFLAS Packer Cups at OTC

Rubberatkins will unveil its latest high pressure, high temperature Packer Elements at OTC 2009 today (Monday 4 May 2009). Following two years of design and development, Rubberatkins has formulated an AFLAS™ compound to create this new product which is capable of holding pressures up to 10,000 PSI and temperatures of 450 degrees F continuous and 540 degrees F short term. The AFLAS™ Packer Element will provide a reliable and robust solution for permanent and retrievable sealing solutions for completion equipment. The Packer Element has a high resistance to H2S, steam, strong acids and bases ensuring that it maintains optimum functionality within a range of environmental parameters.

Nick Atkins, director of Rubberatkins said, "Packing elements are notorious for failing to cope with high pressures and high temperatures at the same time. Using our expertise in the design of rubber compounds and metal components for the oil and gas industry, this new product aims to provide the perfect solution for our clients. The AFLAS™ compound has an excellent chemical, heat and temperature resistance, making it a suitable material for use in packer elements for extreme environments.

"We have spent the last two years developing the product and are pleased that we now have an element system available that will enable companies to have one system on the shelf which can be used in a majority of environments. We have put the element system through rigorous testing in our in-house lab to ensure that it can consistently cope with different situations and environments."

At OTC 2009, Rubberatkins will also be providing visitors with a preview of its new Swellable materials which are currently in development. Nick explained, "We have developed elastomer compounds which swell in oil and water, providing the client with a simple passive sealing solution. The seal which is created using Rubberatkins Swellable technology can withstand temperatures of up to 150 degrees C. We are currently testing pressure capability up to 10,000 PSI. There are a range of solutions that this technology can provide and we are keen to talk with visitors to OTC about the benefits this product can bring to their operations."

Rubberatkins designs and manufactures custom made elastomer and elastomer to metal components for the oil industry. Established in 1988, Rubberatkins problem solving capabilities are recognized as industry leading within the down hole and surface sealing sectors. Providing flexible solutions to a worldwide client base, the firm offers a local and responsive service from its offices in Houston and Aberdeen.